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Theological Notes

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Author(s): Johann Finsterhölzl
A. The Notion and its Importance It is part of theology and its methodology to discuss the rank, and degree of certainty, of a theological proposition and to describe its situation in terms of its relation to revelation. A proposition is qualified positively by certain “notes” and negatively by certain censures. On the assumption that theological notes are not merely to be registered historically, their meaning and purpose can be indicated only within an ecclesiastical hermeneutics which both points t…

Infallibility

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Author(s): Heinrich Fries | Johann Finsterhölzl
A. Notion The term infallibility very often is understood to imply also sinlessness, a mistake which had to be denounced by Bishop Gasser as the official relator at Vatican I (see Mansi, LII, 1219). “Inerrancy” might be better, but this is usually reserved for the same quality in Scripture. The positive content of the term infallibility is simply “truth” or “truthfulness”. In the following exposition we continue to use the word infallibility. Infallibility must be distinguished from inspiration, which is attributed only to the attestation of revelation in the Church…